A mystical adventure tale on the Sufi path of love.
Here is a tale set on the path of the heart, a mystical adventure wherein a modern-day Sufi master sends seven companions on a quest for the original ring of power and the greatest treasure of the ancient world - King Solomon's ring. It is the very same seal ring of a hundred legends, given to King Solomon by God to command the Jinn, those terrifying demons of living fire.
By sea and across deserts, they are led by a strange faqir guide of many names. Through the mightiest of storms and into a lost city, the travelers come at last to the gateway of the Subtle Realm, the land of the Jinn.
But the quest has a strange effect on everyone chosen to go: visions enter their dreams, remembrances and tears fill their hearts, and mysteries abound; unearthly storms and unending night, the Gates of Heaven open at last, and invincible demons of smokeless fire. It is a tale woven of ancient legends found in the Old Testament, the Talmud, and the Koran, and although it is set in the present, the search for the truth of the ring leads them into a circle of ageless destiny, where the companions discover not only the fate of the Jinn, but also the path of love and the infinite mercy of God.
©2014 Irving Karchmar (P)2014 Irving Karchmar
I read this book about 7 years ago and liked it so much I had to get the audio book as well.The audio book version is great too,The author who narrates the book has a very calming voice which helps take you into the book as if you were participating in the quest .It can be read literally as a magical tale but also as an analogy of The Sufi and mystic path.The jinn are Arabian fire spirits that are only culturally different from faeries .They are created with free will. Some are good and Muslim and some are bad or indifferent.Maybe you've seen one out of the corner of your eye and didn't know it was a jinn!
Full of wonder this tale will enchant and fascinate everyone from children to the elderly.
"Master of the Jinn"
A wonderful tale, beautifully written and narrated.
The descriptions reminded me of Middle Eastern mosaics, full of tiny jewels and stories within stories.
My first Karchmar performance.
The Master's lesson about sharing food was especially moving.
"A beautiful tale of mercy and love"
In some ways, yes. First, it is narrated by Irving Karchmar himself and his mersmerising voice keeps one deeply engaged with the story. Second, it gives one the flexibility to listen to it while working or driving so while one may miss holding an actual book (or reading device!), the audio edition has its uses
I don't usually read supernatural fiction so cannot compare it with any other book.
"The Master’s eyes caught mine as if he read my thought. “Write this also, young scholar,” he said. “Man and Jinn have no part in repentance, because repentance is from God to His creatures, not from them to God. It is a Divine gift, and may all here be worthy of it, for it is given when He wills, and to whom He wills, as the two thieves in our company will bear witness.”"
Master of the Jinn is not a story that you can listen to only once and since it is a very long narration, one cannot listen to it in one sitting. It has to be listened to many times before one can begin to understand the deep layers of meanings. Each time you listen to the novel, I assure you, you will find something new to wonder.
Irving Karchmar spent twelve years writing his masterpiece which interweaves theological references from two beautiful religions – Judaism and Islam. The book is a modern Sufi novel with roots in supernatural mysticism that focuses on repentance, gratitude, and God’s love and mercy.
"Master of the Jinn: A Sufi Novel"
Yes, I would listen to it more than one time - The narration is beautiful and there is so much detail in the story there are new things to find with every read.
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